pandemic

The PCAOB just published a mid-pandemic progress report on how audit firms are handling their work during coronavirus. Compliance and audit executives may want to give it a read for hints about how auditors are trying to inspect your internal controls and which risks are high priority. The report, Staff Observations and Reminders During the…

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internal audit

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board just published three reports on the implementation of critical audit matters, all suggesting that the inclusion of “CAMs” in an audit report simply isn’t that big a deal.  The research, published with little fanfare last week, found no strong evidence that CAMs drive up audit fees or delay the…

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disclosures

Just in time for the end of second quarter, the Securities and Exchange Commission has published another dollop of guidance about financial disclosures companies should keep in mind as they navigate Covid-19.  The statement came Tuesday from chief accountant Sagar Teotia. It’s the latest in a series of pronouncements SEC officials have made since early…

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pcaob

The audit and compliance community rarely sees a stealth news dump from regulators over a long weekend, but we have some now: SEC chairman Jay Clayton is replacing the leading cybersecurity expert on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board with a White House aide. Kathleen Hamm, a member of the PCAOB since January 2018, will…

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sox

The Securities and Exchange Commission will move forward next week with long awaited, but totally not surprising, plans to raise the threshold for accelerated filer status —  a move that will pave the way for more companies to avoid outside audits of their internal control over financial reporting. The SEC posted a notice that it…

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internal control

The Securities and Exchange Commission dinged four companies on Wednesday for poor internal control over financial reporting — a clear warning to companies that simply disclosing a material weakness in ICFR is not sufficient to fulfill a company’s compliance duties. Executives actually have to fix the problem, and not take too long to do so.…

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Hain

The SEC settled charges with an organic foods company on Tuesday over internal control failures that led to several years of revenue manipulation, in a case with multiple lessons for the internal control community. We don’t see an internal controls case this large come along every day, so let’s digest. First, the background. The accused…

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sec

Spring is here, and that means one thing for financial reporting: the annual financial reporting conference at Baruch College in New York, where SEC chief accountant Wes Bricker shows up and tells us what issues are on his team’s mind as they read all your SEC filings. This year was no exception. The conference happened…

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comScore

Compliance officers looking for a new adventure may want to keep one eye on comScore. The accountingly challenged data analytics company just settled long-running shareholder litigation with promises to beef up its compliance operations. Based in Virginia, comScore measures audience engagement for websites, TV, and other media. Its internal control over financial reporting, however, has…

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sobel

Internal control and risk management enthusiasts, listen up: we have a new podcast with incoming COSO chairman Paul Sobel, who talked about his desire for COSO to publish more guidance to help companies understand how to put its internal control and risk management frameworks to good, practical use. As always, you can listen to the…

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